Things happen when you go digging. Sometimes you find things. You might find what you’re looking for…or you might find worse.
I think my favourite quip from this episode, that I hope to find an occasion to use is:
Gum? Might take the taste of Judge anus out of your mouth.”
Although, this one comes a close second:
What’s better than dynamite?”
Finally! This episode we discovered what Bobo has had the Revenants digging for! Bobo’s been planning to trade human bones for “a lead” to get out of ‘The Ghost River Triangle’. I wonder what he expects from that “lead”? Seems like an esoteric reward, for something that he’s been working on it for 130 years!
The bones are of CC’s ‘boys’. Were these her sons? She’s been hearing their incessant crying, which must be torture for her, particularly if it’s been since Wyatt’s time! For some reason these bodies were completely dismembered, and their bones scattered. That explains Bobo’s map. It seems that CC needs their bones together so that she can resurrect their bodies. Who tore them apart? From the difficulty Bobo’s had with his team of men looking for them, someone put quite a lot of effort into hiding them all. CC has some serious supernatural powers, so presumably someone was trying to get at her by destroying her boys. Why would you risk angering the frighteningly powerful Stone Witch by doing that? I immediately suspect Doc, considering his behaviour with August and Levi. Still: there are so many killers in Purgatory, and people who may have a grievance with the Witch, that it could be any of the Revenants too.
Another mystery emerging is the character of Ward Earp, Wynonna’s father and the previous active heir. There are several hints this episode that Ward may actually have been a corrupt cop. Vinnie the Vulture was probably just messing with Wynonna’s head when he taunted her in Ward’s voice, saying:
This is the good part…Vengeance is fun. It’s what we live for.”
The Earp heirs do, literally, live to kill Revenants. Let’s hope Vinnie was only being demonic and torturing her with lies, though! However, he also commented, with some passion, that:
Earps: Always tryna cut filthy little deals whenever it suits them.”
Then later, when Wynonna tried to convince a security guard at the Police Station to evacuate, he said:
I know better than to take anything at face value when there’s an Earp in the vicinity, especially when they’re claiming to look out for you.”
Wynonna’s father was a cop, and this guy looks old enough to have worked with him. What was Ward really like? Was he a corrupt cop? Or did he just have to pull the same kind of stunts that Wynonna does, in chasing down Revenants? Or, is the security guard a Revenant? Was he, like August, someone who died because Wyatt asked him to testify against a criminal?
As with most things Wynonna so far, the search of the Trailer Park didn’t quite go to plan.
At the Trailer Park, Waverly accuses Wynonna of “going all Wynonna”, but then at the Police Station, Waverly ALSO “went all Wynonna”. Maybe it’s really just “going all Earp”? Bobo says he chose Waverly because she was angry. I think she’s still very angry, she’s just good at hiding it. (Cue: Anakin Skywalker.) Maybe Waverly has been fortunate to have people (like Curtis, Gus and Shorty) stopping her from being in the same position as Wynonna, and from ‘going Postal’. It also explains her relationship with Champ: she does what she knows ‘people’ want her to do, staying “under the radar” to stay out of trouble.
Bobo, however, is never far from trouble. Importing something (Guns? His men are heavily armed) in boxes, likely involved in other criminal activity, leading a population of demonic Revenants, rebuilding skeletons from excavated bones… Bobo’s a busy boy!
So, it seems, is Doc Holliday. Why did Doc break into the Black Badge Office? What was he looking for? Why did The Stone Witch follow him there? She paralysed Doc, and he was helpless, and he continued to feel helpless. His hop of a hundred years: planning vengeance against her, seems to have been dashed in an instant. Yet, Bobo says that SHE is terrified of Doc! What hold does he have over her? It seems that Doc doesn’t know about it yet. I’m hoping he finds out soon!
The Stone Witch was easier to find than I expected: Ms Stone, AKA Mrs Constance Clootic (Waverly had found the right name!), or ‘CC’, was called to the Police station as Bobo’s Lawyer, while Wynonna and Doc were there! That wasn’t particularly strategic. Or was it? It seems clear that Bobo hates her, but she has power over him. Perhaps he doesn’t mind giving her a bit of trouble. It hasn’t really caused any yet: Wynonna and Dolls have both has seen her, and know she’s Ms Stone, but presumably don’t know that she’s the Stone Witch. Doc has seen her, but doesn’t know that she’s Bobo’s Lawyer. Doc and Wynonna need to share their information more often! It’s understandable that they’ve been playing their cards close to their chests so far.
After they do start talking honestly, their feelings ‘dug up’ by their shared empathetic experience with Fish, (Yay, Fish!), they genuinely connect. Wynonna finally has someone who understands her, when Doc Holliday admits:
You’re exactly like me, Wynonna!”
Their kiss (etc) was something of a relief for me, as I’ve been waiting for it since Episode 1, when Doc commented that he might have been “sweet on” Wyatt. Also: Bobo foreshadowed it.
(As a woman, I have to say: Waverly and Wynonna have great bras. Kudos to the costume department and the Director! It’s nice to see class and style triumph over cheap thrills.)
But, although Doc and Wynonna seemed rather inevitable, maybe Wynonna shouldn’t have given up on Dolls so soon. He’s less likely to betray her. Dolls really stepped up this episode, and put his job and their ‘mission’ at risk challenging the Judge. I so wish she’d heard what he said, when he defended her against the Judge:
Wynonna is an unconventional, vital asset to my team, and she is a survivor who never gives up.
He finally showed emotional connection with Wynonna (he’s really loosened up this episode!) with his camaraderie:
There is a little rebel in there.”
Not that little.”
Besides which: who goes into the office to exercise in the morning, especially with the furnace stuck on? Surely that was to get her attention? Not that he needed to: she’d been throwing herself at him before! Dolls might (or might not) be a healthier choice.
Then again, Doc and Wynonna do have a lot in common. They know about the Earp history and the Revenants. They can work together on this. Wynonna now knows a bit of what Doc has suffered – he really was literally at the bottom of the well for all those years! That’s some serious solitary confinement! They can comfort each other in their misery.
Wynonna thinks she is an unworthy heir, less than Willa and her father. Doc says he is a lesser man than ‘Fish’, who is a demon, but who sacrificed himself and has faith that Wynonna can end this curse “for all of us”.
Fish finds Levi, before telling Wynonna: “You’ll end this curse…for all of us.”
Wynonna and Doc both suffer from feeling that they are bad people. There’s some evidence that their view is justified. On the other hand, some of it, at least in Wynonna’s case, isn’t. In the first episode we discovered that everyone, including her family, abandoned Wynonna, and even though some people knew about the Revenants, left her to be diagnosed as insane, locked up and medicated. After this episode, it occurs to me that maybe some of the various people involved could be Revenants: Police, Counsellor, Doctor, Psychiatrist. (‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’, anyone? If you haven’t seen it, be warned: it’s full on and may haunt you, but the ending is great. Start from the first movie for the full effect.)
We learned last episode that Wynonna’s Parole Officer used her as a drug runner, and that his wife set her up to be arrested. Wynonna’s reputation and experiences have also been influenced by hidden Revenants in positions of power. Now we know that the Judge who would have decided her fate at trial(s) has every reason to stop her from being able to track him down and kill him, so of course, her judgement(s) and sentence(s) were worse than they otherwise might have been. It seems likely that people like the Judge were working to get rid of Wynonna, and defame her character at every opportunity (even more effective on a young girl). He may even have been waiting for her to become the heir, so that he can hunt her, as ‘The Seven’ hunted three previous heirs (including Ward and Willa).
Perhaps the discovery at the end should not have been a surprise to me, but it was: that the photo of ‘The Seven’ with Ward’s body is hanging proudly in the Judge’s office, along with his other hunting trophies. Knowing what Dolls knows about the Judge, I’m so glad the Judge is a Revenant. His family being “in Purgatory for over 140 years, and we like to keep tabs” is more chilling when you know it’s actually HIM who’s been there for that long, doing the various demonic things that he’s been doing. It’s no surprise at all, then, that Bobo was tipped off about the Police raid. Mind you, Bobo also knew about Waverly taking photos, and the Judge didn’t know about that. Is their office bugged?
From looking at the photo of The Seven, I can see two men in the photo who may be the Judge – most likely the one with his face covered with a kerchief. The other possibility is the man at the other end, but that might be Gary (or someone else). Marty, Malcolm, Red and August are visible. The very tall man is also difficult to identify: I’d guess Bobo, but he was disapproving of ‘The Seven’. I’d guess ‘Killer Miller’, but he would have already been a shadow, and that’s a man in the picture. Was Sam that tall, or was I wrong about him being one of ‘The Seven’? As you can guess, I’m looking forward to finding out who they all are…and to seeing Wynonna put them all down.
After Wynonna’s nightmare at the beginning of the episode, she and Waverly talked about how many Revenants there are left to kill, so I checked where we’re up to by the end of this episode:
Out of “The Seven”, 5 have been sent back to Hell:
- Malcolm, (Episode 1)
- Red, (Episode 1)
- Sam, (Episode 3)
- Marty, (Episode 3)
- and August. (Episode 4)
Also sent back to Hell :
- “Killer Miller” (Episode 2)
- Levi and Ambrose/”Fish” (Episode 5)
- Vinnie the Vulture (Episode 5)
So, the current ‘scorecard’ of the 77 is:
- 9 down
- 68 to shoot with Peacemaker
- 3 ID’s:
- Bobo – in the trailer park
- Father Mallick – in the trailer park
- Gary (whereabouts unknown), Gary was killed with a knife (by Marty, Episode 3), but will resurrect again at some point. He may or may not be one of ‘The Seven’.
- 65 to identify & find
Who will it be next episode, and what else are Wynonna, Dolls, Waverly and Doc going to dig up?
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